Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Bama had little trouble disposing of the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss last Saturday in Tuscaloosa to the tune of
52 – 12. Southern Miss never crossed the Bama goal line – they did however manage a field goal
in every quarter.
The Bama D remains #1 in the nation
against the run – but seems the D backs are still struggling at times.
Attention quickly was turned to the SEC opener as Bama plays the Gators in Tuscaloosa in what will be the CBS 2:30
Bama (depending on where
you look or who you listen to) is a 14 – 16 point favorite. This will prove to the Tides biggest
test to date and many think that since the Gators struggled with Kentucky, winning in triple overtime, Bama will win handily.
I am not so confident. I am looking forward to seeing the Bama O and D against someone who is of
SEC caliber, such as the Gators.
Blake Sims continues to impress putting together
the best Offensive performance in 3 consecutive games in the Saban era. Though the doubters are plenty.
Prediction - I think it will be close for a while – but Bama will
pull away in the 4th.
Bama 31 – Fla 20
Thursday, September 11, 2014
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Week 3 Bama Vs Southern Miss
Perhaps my memory is failing, but I don't recall in my lifetime an Alabama game being "CALLED"
- because of weather or any other reason, but it did happen in the Bama vs Fla Atl game this past weekend. Bama ahead
at the time 41 to 0 with almost 8 min left, it was a mutual agreement to call the game.
Can't really say as I blame either coach. To get away without injuries in a game that was as lopsided as this
one... I suppose that is called cutting your losses.
Bama came out with
Sims and he looked really good, Coker made his way in the game and did well, but in my opinion there was a difference in the
way the team responded with Sims and Coker does look like his timing is off. And in fairness that could be expected.
14 - Jake Coker
15 / 24
6 - Blake Sims
Bama amassed 620 yards offense. Defensively the return of Jackson and DuPriest made a difference, however the level
of competition wasn't on par with West Va.
This week, Bama will be kicking
off at the Capstone against the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss. Gone are the days when Southern Miss was a grappling
team scratching and giving teams great games. In fact SMU is coming off a 49 - 0 shellacking at the hands of the Bulldogs
of Miss State. I don't look for this week to be any better.
Bama 59 - SMU 10
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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Week 2 Bama Vs Fla Atlantic
Embarrassingly I find myself as far behind as the Bama Defense
looked against the “Couch Burners” from West Va.
If you were a bit like me, I thought the
offense would struggle, and the Defense wouldn’t. As usual, I was wrong. From
my vantage point in the Ga Dome, I felt the D was a step behind and the offense did a good job of keeping from making negative
plays (sins one int) and moved the ball well. Blake Sims is catching a lot of flak from some fans, but broke a couple of records
in his debut starting performance.
Sorry I missed my prediction last week –
I had picked Bama 35 -10 – Bama was triumphant by a score of 33 – 23. Obviously not covering the spread of 21.
said and done, it was a W and that is what matters.
This week, Bama takes on the Owls of Florida Atlantic.
Bama of course is heavily favored in the game and this should be another great opportunity to get reps under the belt
of Sims and I do look for Coker to see time as QB as well. There have been a few changes in the lineup
this week, as the coaches’ experiment to get the best players in the best spots and playing together.
– from my vantage point, seems to over react to everything that happens – good bad or mediocre. With
the return of DePriest I think things will look a bit calmer and the D will play a better game.
Not a hard one to pick Bama 48 Florida Atlantic 10
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Thursday January 2 - 2014
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My oh my, what a difference a year makes. This time last year, Michele and I were en-route to
South Beach, to see the Atlantic Tide and the Crimson Tide Roll. This year, we will be watching from our
TV, as the Tide takes on Oklahoma in the Sugar.
One Second – A Second that had for all practical purposes disappeared and then brought back to life by virtue
of the college football review… changed so many things. Of course it is speculation, would Bama
have beaten Auburn in OT? Perhaps or perhaps not? That is the love and loath of College FB.
As it turned out, Auburn did, with ease, RUN the ball on Bama’s D and that
proved to really be the difference in the game. That final play won, but the many missed plays prior were
the real culprits. As Coach Bryant said many times, it should never have come to that point.
So, tonight Bama takes on the Sooners in the Sugar Bowl.
Bama a proverbial favorite, in the range of 14 to 16 points…..
Which Bama squad shows up to play tonight? The one that has shown for the past NC games, hungry
and all business, or the one who showed in the Sugar, 7 years ago – and was trounced by the Utes!!!
Of course in my Crimson Colored glasses, the nod goes to the all Business,
hungry team. And perhaps reading between the lines, of Nick talk, he is getting back to “SQUARE ONE”
and is looking to play those guys who “buy in”. Thus “THE PROCESS”.
Win lose or otherwise, play to the best of your ability, and let everything else take care of itself.
The Sooners come into this game with 2 losses, Texas and Baylor.
They have two, top ten wins – OK ST and Texas Tech. They are currently on a 3 game winning
streak and have won 2 of those where they were underdogs. So which team will be
Bama or OK? Both
have a lot to lose! Pride – Position in the BCS going into next year. Bama is still seen my many
as the best team in the country, and for OK to knock them off, will be a big Feather in their cap. Bama
? Well, they have a lot to prove. AJ and his fellow seniors don’t want to be remembered
for a loss in the final game. Finally Saban vs Stoops. Here is where I think Bama wins.
Final Prediction of the season.
Bama 35 – Oklahoma 17
Friday, November 29, 2013
IRON BOWL 2013
Fri, November 29, 2013 | link
As excited as I am about the Iron Bowl, I am equally saddened by the fact –
the season is ending. I truly love College Football. I enjoy the enthusiasm, the excitement
the anticipation and the FUN of it all. So much has happened this year, and among the things that
have happened, Bama remains undefeated and Auburn has surprised everyone by coming into this game having lost only to LSU.
have a lot ridding on this. Obviously Alabama has more to loose, with the possibility of a 3rd
National Championship in a row. Auburn is at home, and that will (like it or not) affect Bama, how
much depends on how well Bama can move the ball. Of course quieting the crowd means Bama is doing well
– and I really have an odd feeling about this game.
Auburn is a “spread” team that runs first to throw, Bama uses more of a power,
throw to run formation. Who can stop who? If I could answer that, I’d bet
the house, but I don’t know the answer, but like the many pundits, I will speculate.
I’m guessing Bama may struggle with the Auburn Offense…on
the first couple of possessions, et al… TAMU – I think Bama will adjust and the tempo of the game will change.
I look for AJ McCarron to be the “guy” for Bama, on Offense and CJ Mosley, to be much the same for Bama
D. If those two guys have the games they are capable of having, Bama wins going away.
As I type this, it is hard to imagine, AJ McCarron has accomplished so much in his career, which is coming to an end
this year. AJ truly phenomenal, with 3 more wins, will have 40 wins, 4 NC and 3 in a row. But
there are monumental wins in the balance. The first is Auburn, and I think that will happen…. Tomorrow,
as the Loveliest Village, becomes the Den for the Battle of #1 AND #4 … reminiscent of 2010 when Bama had the role
of “spoiler” … and we know how that went, Bama lost –after a miracle 2nd half comeback.
Most say, “Throw out the record books” in this game, well I say not true, the favored team
usually wins. Bama is favored by 10 – and I look for them to make good of that and mover a
step closer to #16 with a win over Auburn.
One other small note - Bama
since Saban has lost to Auburn 2 times, by a total of 8 points, and won 5 by at combined total of 78 points.
Bama 35 Auburn 20